Fellows Council

The Fellows Council is comprised of nine Flinn-Brown Fellows that assist the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership in its planning and programming, promote the statewide Flinn-Brown Network, and help recruit future Flinn-Brown Fellows.

The members of the Fellows Council are:

Daniel Ruiz II (Chair)

Chief of Staff, Office of the Arizona Governor
State of Arizona
2015 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Daniel Ruiz II is the chief operating officer of the state of Arizona, appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey in January 2020. In this role, he oversees all state agency operations and manages the governor’s cabinet.  Daniel joined the Governor’s Office in 2015, previously serving as the director of media affairs and senior advisor to the governor. 

Before joining the Governor’s Office, Daniel was employed with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office as director of communications and public affairs where his duties included voter education, compliance with state and federal laws, media communications, constituent services, and governmental relations. He also served the Citizens Clean Elections Commission in various capacities including campaign finance manager, public information officer, interim executive director, and deputy director. 

Daniel received an associate’s degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in communications. Ruiz was the 2018 recipient of the Jack B. Jewett Public Service Award from the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and was named a Breakout by the Arizona Capitol Times for his work taking on complex and challenging public policy issues including drought contingency planning, prison recidivism, and the opioid epidemic. 

Term expires 12/31/2023

Christine Thompson (Incoming Chair)

Community Leader
2017 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Christine M. Thompson brings nearly three decades of experience as a leader in Arizona’s nonprofit and government sectors to her consulting engagements. Her background includes leadership positions at Expect More Arizona, the State Board of Education, the Arizona Board of Regents, and the State Bar of Arizona.

Christine’s consulting practice encompasses leadership development and coaching, strategic development and planning, public policy development, community engagement and consensus building, charitable giving program advancement, crisis management and communications, and interim executive leadership.

A proud product of Arizona’s public schools, she attended K-12 in Mesa Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Arizona. Christine lives in Phoenix with her husband and twin boys.

Term expires 12/31/2023

Nicole Barraza

Director of Governance and Outreach
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Nicole P. Barraza is from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wellesley College, and her Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Sociolinguistics and Peninsular Literature.  After living in different geographic regions in both the United States and Mexico, Nicole moved to Tucson and taught at Pima Community College. She is currently the Director of Governance and Outreach at the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, a public policy organization that works to improve the economic climate and quality of life in Tucson and the state of Arizona.  Nicole is passionate about civic engagement and wants to serve where she can have the most impact.    

Term expires 12/31/2023

Julie Katsel

Senior Director, Government & Community Relations
University of Arizona
2014 Flinn-Brown Fellow

At the University of Arizona, Julie Katsel is responsible for coordinating and maintaining positive working relationships with the Tucson and Greater Pima County community, local elected and appointed officials and their staffs, and community leaders from the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. 

Prior to joining the university, Julie was the Southern Arizona director for United States Sen. Jeff Flake for five years. She worked for 17 years on Sen. Jon Kyl’s Tucson staff and for U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe in Washington, D.C. 

Julie is an Arizona Lottery commissioner, a Pima County trial court commissioner, a DMAFB honorary commander, and serves on the board of directors for the International Town & Gown Association, the Tucson Metro Chamber, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership. A Tucson native, Julie received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona in political science and holds a master’s degree in computer information systems. Julie and her husband live in Catalina with their four children. 

Term expires 12/31/2022

Josue Macias

Director of Performance & Strategic Initiatives, Maricopa County
2019 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Josue Macias is the Director of Performance and Strategic Initiatives for Maricopa County. He leads enterprise efforts in smart government, civic innovation, and organizational performance and represents Maricopa County in national and regional smart government initiatives. Prior to this role, Josue served as a statistics and operations researcher evaluating and optimizing public services spanning the criminal justice, health & human services, and regulatory systems.

Before joining Maricopa County, Josue held roles in the public and nonprofit sectors lending technical services to advance small business international trade, diversifying nonprofit leadership, supporting civil rights campaigns, and piloting public health initiatives.

Josue holds a Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors of Science in Public Policy from Arizona State University. He is passionate about advancing transparency, equity, and accessibility in government services. He and his wife call Phoenix home.

Term expires 12/31/2023

David Martinez III

Director, Capacity Building and Community Engagement 
Vitalyst Health Foundation 
2011 Flinn-Brown Fellow

David Martinez III serves as director of capacity building and community engagement, working with community-based leaders, organizations, and coalitions to increase capacity and civic participation.  

Prior to Vitalyst, Martinez was project manager for the Center for the Future of Arizona, and community engagement manager for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. He was in the inaugural class of the Flinn-Brown Fellows with the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and is involved with the Arizona Community Foundation’s Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy and the Desert Botanical Garden.  

Originally from Marana, Arizona, and one of six children, David is a first-generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education, political science and journalism from the University of Arizona. He served as student regent on the Arizona Board of Regents, worked at the university’s Office of Institutional Equity, and interned with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva.  

Term expires 12/31/2022

Joanne Osborne

Arizona House of Representatives
2012 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Joanne Osborne is a fourth-generation Arizonan and proud to be a part of the First Families of Arizona. Hard work, commitment to God, and strong family values have helped Joanne live the American Dream. She is a Christian community leader, successful business owner, and public servant.  

Joanne was recently elected to her second term in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she serves as the chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee. She is a former Goodyear city council member, serving 11 years including two years as vice mayor.  

Joanne has been recognized for her leadership and dedication to various causes in the West Valley and was named Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Manufacturing Council in 2020. She also won the Impact Leader of the Year award from Meals of Joy in 2019. Joanne and her husband, Ken, have owned Osborne Jewelers since 1990 and have four children. 

Term expires 12/31/2022

Paul Perrault

Vice President of Research and Evaluation
Helios Education Foundation 
2016 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Paul G. Perrault is the vice president of research & evaluation for Helios Education Foundation.  Prior to joining Helios, he was a research faculty member at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. 

Perrault received his doctorate in educational foundations and policy at the University of Michigan along with two master’s degrees. 

Currently, he serves as a board member for Touchstone Health Services and is co-chair of the Data Impact Group for Grantmakers for Education.     

Term expires 12/31/2022

Tamara Prime

Chief Operating Officer
Primavera Foundation
2014 Flinn-Brown Fellow

Tamara Prime is the chief operating officer for the Primavera Foundation, a Tucson-based NeighborWorks organization that provides pathways out of poverty. She provides strategic leadership, staff guidance and accountable oversight across many lines of business including: emergency services, workforce development, civil rights restoration, financial education and empowerment, home ownership promotion, neighborhood revitalization, and community building and engagement.  

Throughout her career in community development, Tamara has  consistently advocated for community-driven change and social equity, holding diverse positions across multiple sectors such as: chief of staff for a local elected official; community affairs administrator for the regional’s council of government; project manager for Arizona’s statewide philanthropy serving organization; and director for several nonprofit organizations.  

Tamara holds a Master of Arts degree from Prescott College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Arizona.  She is also a Public Voices Fellow for the Tucson Op Ed Project.

Term expires 12/31/2023